In 2008, Project 21c was formed to create a 21st Century learning system that better addresses the gap between how students are educated and the skills they will actually need in their careers.
Teachers, administration staff, and community members were mobilized to really think about how the world is changing and to reassess what students need from their education in order to navigate today's marketplace. This project ultimately resulted in setting a new course for curriculum in Fayetteville Public Schools.
Project 21c representatives from every school in the district established the main goal as literacy, and formed a district literacy committee which quickly recommended help from an outside source. The board approved a contract for a three-person team from Phi Delta Kappa to interview staff and parents, observe instructional practices in classrooms, collect student work, and review processes to better align district resources to student achievement.
As a result of this audit, a curriculum management plan was developed.